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Which lens for portraits ?

JanieB43 8 47 6 England
31 Oct 2009 5:24PM
I have a canon 400D - which lens would be the ideal for portrait work ?

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cameracat 12 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
31 Oct 2009 5:43PM
Suprisingly one the best options is the Canon 50mm f/1.8, Taking the crop factor into account, Its around 75mm.

Its sharp, Light, Not expensive ( well under 100 ) Smile

If you have money to spare, There is the Canon 24 - 70mm f2.8, But that makes a big hole in 1000.....Sad

Some like using the 70 - 200mm range, But it really depends on how much space you have for indoor work.

The old rule of thumb for a portrait lens used to be 90mm, But that was based on a Full Frame 35mm, Hence you can get away with shorter lens on a crop digital.....Smile
User_Removed 12 17.9k 8 Norway
31 Oct 2009 6:11PM
Wot 'e said... (Love ya Vince!! Wink)

85mm was always viewed as the 'perfect' portrait focal-length in 35mm FILM terms (Full-Frame in digital terms).

At 85mm the lens presents facial detail as the eye perceives the face in real life with (virtually) no 'pin-cushion' or 'barrel' distortion.

50mm on a crop-sensor is so close as to be of no significance.
lawbert 9 1.8k 15 England
31 Oct 2009 6:42PM
I would agree with all of the above but another one to consider is the Sigma 50mm f2.8 macro, Its about 250 but does give you a reasonably good macro lense (although 50mm can be a bit close for insects) should you ever want to try out macro photography.
Also being part of Sigmas EX range it does come with a 3 year warranty.
WildLight 9 145 3 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 4:12PM
Any lens with a fast aperture and a focal length of 50mm to 135mm or so will be perfect for portraits. The more money you spend the better but even cheap lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is excellent and razor-sharp.
Go for prime glass if you can as the quality will be better.


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